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Cranial Nerves and Coffee (Plus Mnemonic)

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I’m going to break down all twelve cranial nerves in relation to something we all understand, ordering coffee at Starbucks!

I. When you first walk in and smell the coffee aroma you’re using the Olfactory nerve.

II. You walk inside and begin to read the menu from about 20 feet away you’re now using the Optic nerve.

III. You try to focus your eyes causing your pupils to constrict as you scan the pastries and other options closer you’re using your Oculomotor nerve.

IV. You use your Trochlear nerve as you look up at salesperson then down at your money to pay.

V. You clench your teeth and touch your face when they called your drink using your Trigeminal nerve.

VI. You use your Abducens nerve while looking side-to-side to see if anyone else has ordered the same drink as you.

VII. You smile because you realize this IS your drink using your Facial nerve.

VIII. You hear someone say “You can sit here, we are leaving” using your Auditory nerve as you settle into your seat.

IX. You use your Glossopharyngeal nerve to taste the sweet whipped cream on the top of your drink.

X. You say “Ahhhh this is good!” using your Vagus nerve.

XI. You look at the person next to you because they heard you and then you shrug your shoulders using your Spinal Accessory nerve.

XII. And lastly you use your Hypoglossal nerve to stick your tongue out at them as they look away.


Cranial Nerve Mnemonic

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Date Published - Jun 20, 2019
Date Modified - Jun 20, 2019

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.


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