Meet The New President Of The Cosmetic Nurse Association

Introducing Sheri-Lee Knoop, the recently inaugurated President of the Cosmetic Nurse Association.

In 2023, the Cosmetic Nurses Association (CNA) welcomes Sheri-Lee Knoop as its President. Ms Knoop takes over from Jacinta King, who is stepping down from the role after three successful years, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, acknowledges Jacinta’s invaluable impact during her term as President and thanks her for her hard work and dedication to the field of Cosmetic Nursing.

“As the inaugural President of CNA, Jacinta has helped to create a professional membership association for Cosmetic Nurses in Australia and one that I am truly honoured to be part of,” Ms Knoop said.

Meanwhile Ms King, Previous President of the CNA, said: “Leading the CNA as the inaugural President has been incredibly fulfilling, and I feel delighted with what the Advisory Committee has achieved to date. I know that under the stewardship of Sheri-Lee, the CNA will continue to go from strength to strength and that the interests of Cosmetic Nurses in Australia are in excellent hands.”

Sheri-Lee (pictured) comes from 27 years of extensive experience, stemming from Plastic Surgery to the broader field of aesthetic medicine. Recently appointed as President of the CNA, Sheri-Lee advocates for members and patients as part of her core values.

We caught up with Sheri-Lee to discuss the recent position statement that highlighted the amendments from CNA’s recommendations on Enrolled Nurses within a cosmetic medicine scope. These new guidelines are based on published data and based on evidence-based practice, to align EN’s, RN’s and NP’s all working within the medical aesthetics field, within their own scope.

With the newly released position statement, what does this mean for Enrolled Nurses?

This means that Enrolled Nurses already trained and working within the industry are able to continue to work within their scope of practice as before, the same as RN’s or NP’s. High-risk areas have now been redefined, which this becomes clearer for everyone injecting fillers and is in line with documented and published research.

What do cosmetic nurses gain from joining an association like CNA, and how does this support their ongoing career and professional development?

CNA provides support to all Nurses in the Cosmetic Medical and surgical area. It is the custodian of nurses in that space providing a voice in governance so they are represented well. CNA is about patient safety and safety for the Nurse in the industry and we do this by liaising with all stakeholders in the space on legislation and standards. CNA also provides mentoring, education and support for all of its members.

From an association perspective, how can it continue to support its members?

We are a non-for-profit providing advocacy, education, mentoring and development to all members as they follow their professional journey in the Cosmetic medical area of Nursing. The more members the CNA has, the more we have a voice in governance and the more support we can provide. We would like to see all Nurses in the industry join the CNA to stand together and support each other to move towards better standards, education and safety for patients and practitioners.

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