I just applied as a hospital volunteer myself...
From what I gathered from fellow students, my volunteer interviews, and instructors, volunteering is a great way to "get your foot in the door". A few classmates who work or volunteer at hospitals in town have already been promised jobs upon graduation...in 2010! The volunteer staff I spoke to said that because I was in nursing school
, they would try to place me in a position with patient contact like floor help or transport, which gives you a) patient experience (however mild) and b)lets the floor staff get to know you, both of which can help you get a job. Plus, even if you don't get a job at *that* facility, hospital volunteer looks great on a resume.