I'm in need of some information. A friend of mine unknowingly violated hipaa during a clinical rotation. This is what happened. One of the patients on the floor also happened to be a client in another facility for whom they worked for. My friend overheard the physician and another nurse in the hallway saying some very derrogatory comments about the care the patient had been recieving, it was not real clear if the remarks made were directed toward the family of the patient or the facility from which the client came from. Nevertheless, my friend sent a text message to a co-worker who was also involved in the patients healthcare, and that co-worker went to the director with the information that was over heard, the director then contacted the hospital to notify them of a breach of hipaa. The student didn't do this to be malicious, and didn't know that it was a violation of hipaa at the time, they stayed within the realm of healthcare of the patient. They were reprimanded through the school and it was also turned into the the BON, so my question is, will this student be able to obtain a nursing license?