i would contact one of the instructors or dean of your nursing program and ask them how a student is supposed to prepare for this exam. it's a reasonable question to ask. we had to take a hipaa exam at my workplace, but prior to it, there was a little online inservice that we had to watch first. i'll bet there is something similar that you have to do as well. doesn't it seem unreasonable that they would require you to take a hipaa test and not give you any information on how to prepare for it?
when i was taking my initial health information management classes we were required to go online to the medicare (cms) website and complete a self-learning program that is posted there on hipaa. it happens that i copied and pasted the entire text of the program to a word document (19 pages of it) and just looked at it. unfortunately, it primarily concerns billing and handling of the medical record. basically hipaa is about patient confidentiality. i'm betting that if you look for "hipaa" or "confidentiality" in the index of your nursing textbook
(s) you are going to find something on this subject. you can also get information directly from a public website that hipaa has. here is the web address for it: http://www.hipaa.org/
. you can actually read the original hipaa act (it's not that long) on the site. the law started originally to protect the privacy during the transmittal of medical records. it has evolved into protection of the privacy of medical information of any kind. also try googling it to see what comes up.