Privatized U.S. hospitals are driving a \u0022system failure\u0022 in the face of the Ebola epidemic, warn nurses, who say that healthcare facilities and workers across the country are ill-prepared because of poor training and oversight— putting those on the front lines at great risk.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Sunday that a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for the virus after treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease last Wednesday.Speaking on CBS\u0026#039; \u0022Face the Nation,\u0022 CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden blamed what he called a \u0022breach in protocol\u0022 on the part of the healthcare worker for the spread of the infection.However, nurses across the country have warned for weeks that hospitals are not doing enough to prepare for the epidemic.\u0022We\u0026#039;re seeing that caregivers who are not being adequately trained are being blamed,\u0022 said registered nurse Katy Roemer during a Sunday press conference hosted by the country\u0026#039;s largest nursing union, National Nurses United (NNU). Roemer said that the organization has been asking hospitals to provide hands-on training during which nurses can ask questions about the precaution measures, to no avail. \u0022We cannot blame the healthcare providers who are on the front lines, risking their lives to help patients and then face possible infection themselves,\u0022 Roemer continued.\u0022You don\u0026#039;t scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak,\u0022 agreed Bonnie Castillo, director of the Registered Nurses Response Network at NNU. \u0022We have a system failure. That is what we have to correct.\u0022Castillo and Roemer are among the voices expressing growing concern over the poor federal oversight of hospital preparedness, including proper staff training, in light of the Ebola crisis. \u0022Because we have a privatized health care system it\u0026#039;s all over the board,\u0022 Castillo explained to CBS News. \u0022There\u0026#039;s no uniformity or enforcement mechanism.\u0022\u0022You don\u0026#039;t scapegoat and blame when you have a disease outbreak. We have a system failure.\u0022 —Bonnie Castillo, director of the Registered Nurses Response Network at NNUBy the CDC\u0026#039;s own admission, they are unable to properly monitor hospitals and have no authority to make sure they comply with official guidelines.\u0022There are 5,000 hospitals in the U.S. and I would say probably the number of them that have actually done drills or put plans in place is small,\u0022 said CDC spokesperson Abbigail Tumpey. \u0022It’s up to each hospital to enforce infection control, and standards vary depending on funding for infection experts and time devoted to training.\u0022As Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) noted last Thursday, much of the Ebola research funding has also been slashed in recent years by austerity-driven measures.During his Sunday appearance, Friedan warned that \u0022it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of Ebola\u0022 in the United States.Several weeks before Ebola had been diagnosed in the United States, NNU, which represents 185,000 nurses nationwide, initiated a survey of registered nurses across the country about emergency preparedness. The overwhelming response was that healthcare workers at U.S. hospitals have been left dangerously unprepared.Of the 1,900 RNs from over 750 facilities who completed to the survey as of Sunday, NNU notes:76 percent still say their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of patients infected by Ebola85 percent say their hospital has not provided education on Ebola with the ability for the nurses to interact and ask questions37 percent say their hospital has insufficient current supplies of eye protection (face shields or side shields with goggles) for daily use on their unit; 36 percent say there are insufficient supplies of fluid resistant/impermeable gowns in their hospital39 percent say their hospital does not have plans to equip isolation rooms with plastic covered mattresses and pillows and discard all linens after use; only 8 percent said they were aware their hospital does have such a plan in placeNNU is calling for all U.S. hospitals to immediately implement a full emergency preparedness plan for Ebola, or other disease outbreaks, including: full training of hospital personnel, adequate supplies of Hazmat suits and other personal protective equipment, properly equipped isolation rooms, and proper procedures for disposal of medical waste and linens.\u0022We will sound the alarm,\u0022 Castillo warned during the Sunday press conference, saying that the nurses will \u0022be in front of the hospitals letting the public know if they are ready and not ready.\u0022On Wednesday, NNU is planning to hold a national conference call for nurses across the U.S. to discuss concerns about U.S. hospital readiness for Ebola.The group is also calling for a significant increase in provisions of aid, personnel and equipment to the nations in West Africa to help contain and stop the spread of Ebola. On Monday, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan called the epidemic \u0022the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.\u0022 According to WHO\u0026#039;s latest figures issued last week, there have been more than 4,000 people killed and over 8,300 infected by the virus, the vast majority in West African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.