It is 10 pm and you make assessment rounds and find Bobby crying. You ask him what his pain level is. What pain scale are you using?

He says he misses his family and wonders when they are going to come to get him and take him home? He relates his dad told him to be brave but he couldn’t stay with him since

Bobby was going to be in the hospital for such a long time and his dad had to work. He has 2 other brothers older than him. You also notice that his tray is untouched.

In addition to Erikson’s theory of development, children have fear of loss. What is Bobby’s fear?
(do not forget the interdisciplinary team members)

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