A nurse is performing a neurological assessment on a 15-year-old teen who is having a routine physical exam. The nurse checks the patients cranial nerves and asks the adolescent to identify different smells with his eyes closed. This best represents assessment of which cranial nerve?

 

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- Cranial nerve I

- Cranial nerve III

- Cranial nerve IV

- Cranial nerve VII

Rationale

Assessment of cranial nerves is a normal part of the neurological exam; it is often performed during routine physical exams of pediatric patients as well as older adults. Cranial nerve I is the olfactory nerve, which is affected by the sense of smell. The provider may ask the patient to identify different smells to assess the function of the olfactory nerve.

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