Legal nurse consulting is a field of nursing which uses knowledge and experience gained by nurses for legal purposes. They have a strong knowledge base about the clinical aspects of nursing, health and disease processes. They bridge the gap between medical and legal entities in medical claims and cases. Lawyers hire legal nurse consultants to review medical charts and to acquaint them with medical terms and documentation styles for court cases. Legal nurse consultants are a part of a legal team, serving as educators, analysts, collaborators and strategists. They apply their healthcare, nursing and medical knowledge to their role and hold a standard of integrity in their practice. The legal nurse consultant career is still fairly new, having started in the 1980's.