Rhymes to Remember Cranial Nerves
©2008 By Kathy Quan RN BSN
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There are several mnemonics or rhymes to help remember the 12 cranial nerves. Many are somewhat risqué. Here's
a clean one.
"On Old Olympus Towering Tops A Finn and German Viewed Some Hops." The author is unknown.
The Cranial Nerves are:
VIII. Acoustic (also known as Auditory, Statoacoustic or Vestibulocochlear)
XI. Spinal Accessory (also known as Accessory)
Another one is:
"Oh Once One Takes The Anatomy Final Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly." The author is also unknown. This version uses
some of the alternative names for the nerves.