Nursing Talk

Dear Cassandra,

What do “Me at the Zoo,” “Guitar,” “The Bus Uncle,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger” have in common? How does this apply to nursing?

—The Riddler in Romeoville

Dear Riddler,

Welcome, Riddler. We remember how you were always presenting riddles or questions to the Caped Crusader in the Batman series. You asked, “How do you divide seventeen apples among sixteen people?” The answer, “Make applesauce.” You asked, ”What goes up white and comes down yellow and white?” The answer, “An egg.” You asked, “Which president wears the largest hat?” The answer, “The one with the biggest head.”

Apparently you are a fan of YouTube. All of these titles are titles of videos which have appeared on YouTube, a video sharing website created in February of 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In November of 2006, YouTube, LLC, was bought by Google, Inc. for $1.65 billion and now operates as a subsidiary of Google.

“Me at the Zoo,” the first YouTube video, shows founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. The video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and can still be viewed on the site. It is 18 seconds long and has been seen by 5 million viewers (Update: over 30 million now).

“Guitar” features a performance of Pachelbel’s Canon on an electric guitar. The video received millions of views and extensive media attention. The guitarist was identified as a twenty-three year old from South Korea who had recorded the track in his bedroom. It is5 ½ minutes long and has been viewed by 90 million.

“The Bus Uncle,” a video from 2006, was widely discussed in the mainstream media. It shows a heated conversation between a youth and an older man on a bus in Hong Kong. It is 6 minutes long and has been viewed by 1 million.

“Charlie Bit My Finger,” which was uploaded on May 22, 2007, has been viewed over 348 million times (Update: almost a billion times now). In the video, Charlie, a one year old, is shown biting the finger of Harry, his three year old brother. The video is 56 seconds long.

What applications does YouTube have to nursing? American Home Health currently has the following training videos available on YouTube: “Home Health Skills,” “Gastrostomy Tube Training,” “Tracheostomy Training,” “Ventilator Training,” and “Benefits Enrollment 2016.” To see the videos, go to

Now, here’s a question for American Home Health employees, “What topics would you like to see presented on our YouTube site?” Other training videos? Activities which foster the development of your client? A history of American Home Health? Children’s songs and games? A series of virtual field trips to places such as the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo? A feature on a single animal such as the peacock?

American Home Heath invites your suggestions. Be creative. Brainstorm with us. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. What would help you as a nurse? E-mail your suggestions to edward.lara@ Your idea may go viral someday.


Note: First published on American Home Health's news, August 2011.