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American Voices: Lt. Commander Pam Wall

Lt. Commander Pam Wall is a psychiatric nurse with the U.S. Navy, and a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program Scholar. Here she talks about the unique advantages nurses have when it comes to delivering mental health care to wounded veterans.

Lieutenant Commander Pam Wall is a nurse with the U.S. Navy, but chances are you won’t find her running an I.V. or distributing meds. She’s a psychiatric nurse, and a scholar with the Jonas Center – a philanthropy supporting the training and education of nurses in veterans’ health care around the nation.

We caught up with her as she and her colleague, Commander Sean Convoy, taught a class on post-traumatic stress disorder to a group of nursing students at the University Of Pennsylvania.

Wall emphasized the clear connections she sees between nursing care and mental health care. She says that while the traumas of war have been with us forever, the conflicts the U.S. are fighting today, with an often-unseen enemy, cause unique stress on our fighting forces. This is where nurses step in — getting wounded veterans the psychological care they might need.


  • Michael Foster

    I loved this story, which said that our military calls
    shrinks, “Wizards”.  I always
    hope to find some Wizards, which also understand that the patients mostly need
    generic based spiritual therapy and most mental illnesses are from unresolved
    spiritual therapy skill at

    I was wounded at birth, with forceps, which took my left ear’s
    hearing, and greatly disassociated me from my self.  That made me very shy, and without any second
    wind.  My recovery was triggered by my
    two weeks spiritual retreat at 42 years old, in 1982.  I was re-associated by the kundalini
    awakening process.  For those interested
    see:  “The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis
    or Transcendence” by Lee Sannella, a M.D. and a Wizard.

    I recovered from my PTSD, shyness, and now my second wind,
    is always present.  My left ear still
    does not hear, but I hear very well in my inner world.  I learned about a lot of the symptoms in my “DSM-III-R
    Desk Reference” as I went through my spirit being drilled up my spine, from my
    bottom to my top, and back around.  

    There were wizards in nurses, artist, musicians, physical
    trainers and fellow patients.  There were
    several doctors, which were not wizards, until we at last found a wizard, which
    would be honest about long term drug side effects.  With that information, he let me choose the
    very minimum dose & to placate my wife, to make recovery a lot easier.  

    I now call myself a spiritual therapist, which can help
    others learn to recover, from their versions of PTSD and traumas.  PTSD is a generic process, in so called
    mental illnesses.   A master therapist
    and Wizard, Dr. Clancy McKenzie has learned the same truths and the data to
    back them up.   Just search on his name,