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  1. Hannity, Jenna MSN, RN, CEN
  2. Foley, Andi DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, CEN


The first cranial nerve is the olfactory nerve. It's found at the center or “nose” of the figure. The olfactory nerve is a sensory nerve, which is assessed by determining if your patient can smell. Have the patient close his or her eyes and hold the gum near the patient's nose. Can he or she identify the scent of the gum? Consider using a strongly scented gum, such as cinnamon, for this assessment.