40 Tips and Mnemonics in remembering the 12 Cranial Nerves

“So much to do in so little time.” Yes, all nursing students and even nurses are very much familiar with this line. Even when reviewing for the quarterly and board exams, student nurses complain of having so much to memorize. One concept that they have trouble memorizing are the cranial nerves. However, fear not. Below are mnemonics to help students remembering the 12 cranial nerves like a boss.

faceThe 12 cranial nerves are:

I               Olfactory Nerve

II             Optic Nerve

III            Oculomotor Nerve

IV            Trochlear Nerve

V             Trigeminal Nerve/Dentist Nerve

VI            Abducens Nerve

VII          Facial Nerve

VIII         Vestibulocochlear Nerve/Auditory Nerve

IX            Glossopharyngeal Nerve

X             Vagus Nerve

XI            Accessory Nerve/Spinal Accessory Nerve

XII           Hypoglossal Nerve


Cranial Nerves Mnemonics

  1. Oily Oranges On Tower Tickle Ants Funnily And Give Velvety Angry Hands
  2. Only Oranges On Tilting Towers Are Fun And Give Very Awkward Holes
  3. Oh Oh Oh Tiny Tits Are Fun And Give Virgins Awkward Hips
  4. Oh Oh Oh Time Traveler Again Fool Angry Gods Victory Are His
  5. Oh Oh Oh To Tickle A Female’s Vagina Gave Victor A Hard-on
  6. Oh Oh Oh Tall Teachers Are Fat And Gulp Vadas And Halwa
  7. On Old Oak Tree Tine And Fiona Ate Food And Grew Very Voluptuous Hands
  8. On Old Oak Tree Thomas Again Farts And Gives Very Angry Howls
  9. Olive Oil On Tasty Treats Are Fun And Give Victor A Hard-On
  10. Only Oil On True Tits Are Fun And Give Virgins All Heat
  11. O O O To Touch And Feel Very Good Varies After Hyperactivity
  12. Offensive Oranges Of Tibet Traded Apples For Van Goofs Vague Shiny Hippo
  13. Old Open Oceans Trouble Tribesmen About Far Ventures, Global Vacations, Accusing Hydrophobia
  14. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch A Female’s Vagina Gives Vinny A Hard-on
  15. Orange Oregon O-lineman Tried Track And Field, Victory Gave Virginia School Honor
  16. On Occasion Our Trusty Truck Acts Funny, Very Good Vehicle Any How
  17. Once One Openly Told Tourists About Fighting Vampires Gobling Various Antelope Herds
  18. On Old Olympus’ Towering Top, A Friendly Viking Grew Vines And Hops
  19. Oh Once One Takes The Anatomy Final Very Good Vacations Are Heavenly.
  20. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Very Good’ Velvet Aah Hah
  21. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel A Guy’s Vein And Hotdog
  22. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Very Good Vibes AHhhh
  23. One Of Old Trained Teacher Ask For A Girl Vadai And Halva
  24. Old Optics Operate To TRY And Fake Very Good VEGAS Safe Houses
  25. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Fondle A Gorgeous Very Super Human
  26. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Very Green Vegetables, Such Heaven
  27. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Take A Family Vacation! Go Vegas After Hours
  28. On Occasion, Oliver Tries To Anally Finger Various Guys. Vaginas Are History!
  29. Only Owls Observe Them Traveling And Finding Voldemort Guarding Very Secret Horcruxes
  30. Old Opie Occasionally Tries Trigonometry And Feels Very Gloomy, Vague And Hypoactive
  31. Old Oprah Occasionally Trots Triumphantly About, Farting Velveeta Globs, Vaunting AccoladesHysterically
  32. Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Vintage Green Velvet, Simply Heaven
  33. Old, Oliver, Ogg, Traveled, To, Africa, For, Very, Good, Vacations, And, Holidays
  34. Once On October Thirteenth, Troublesome Abductors Filched Various Golden Valuables And Heirlooms
  35. Oprah Ought Order Tasty Treats And Finally Value Growing Voluptuous And Happy
  36. Old Officers Often Trust The Army For A Glory Vague And Hypothetical
  37. Old Oppressive Oceanic Trout Trick Aquatic Fauna Very Greedily; Valiant Sharks Hunt (them).
  38. Old Opie Occasionally Tries Touching And Feeling Virgin Girls’ Vaginas And Hymens
  39. Oh Oh Oh Try Try Again Failure Victory Gives Value And Harmony
  40. Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel A Great Vampire And ‘Shoot’ Him


Mnemonics for type of cranial nerves:

The nerves can be either be sensory (S), motor(M) or both(B). So we use S, M and B for our mnemonics. Depending on their type, the initial letters that we get are ‘SSMMBMBSBBMM’.

Simple mnemonic can be made with the above letters, which is a classic and is widely used-’Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Brains Matter Most’

Another commonly used Mnemonic is ‘Some Say Money Matters, But My Brother Says Bakes Brownies Matter Most’.

Or, if you want, you can make your own mnemonics that is closer to your heart so you can easily remember them.





Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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