Student nurse Steven Ryan is one of the faces fronting a new photography collection being launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary this month of the Open University.
The collection, being released tomorrow, includes 10 modern portraits of inspiring students, alumni and staff taken by renowned British photographer Chris Floyd.
“The chance to become a nurse means I can make a difference and have a positive impact”
Among them is Mr Ryan who completely changed his career around after experiencing a potentially life changing incident.
He started a career as a bricklayer in Belfast, but an accident left him unable to walk for two years. However, with the support of NHS staff, he made a full recovery.
The support he received also inspired him to change career direction and to begin working in healthcare with the ultimate aim of becoming a nurse.
As a result, he is currently studying for a BSc in Adult Nursing with the Open University in Northern Ireland.
“I am very proud to have the opportunity to study nursing with the OU – it has supported me in developing a career which I am passionate about,” said Mr Ryan.
“As a healthcare support worker, my course is sponsored by my employer, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, meaning I’m able to earn a salary alongside my studies,” he said.
He added: “For me, the chance to become a nurse means I can make a difference and have a positive impact on people’s lives.”