Shaun, the 13-year-old from the opening scenario. He is in the hospital for infection management and aggressive respiratory therapy. Because he has cystic fibrosis and infectious organisms in his lungs, he is in a single room. He is not permitted to interact with the other children on his unit. Shaun uses a mask when he leaves his room and the nursing unit. He is not feeling ill and welcomes company and distractions. His mother and sister are only able to visit after work. This is an optimal time to continue teaching Shaun to manage his condition.
1.What is Shaun’s developmental stage, and what informa- tion and self-care skills should be included in a teaching plan for Shaun to correspond to that stage?
2. What information should be reviewed with Shaun about his condition and the treatments needed to keep It from progressing?
3.What signs should Shaun learn to recognize that might in- dicate a new infection?
4.What approaches might be taken to help Shaun schedule his treatments around school and recreational activities that might increase adherence to the schedule?