As a volunteer, I worked two jobs at different times. One day a week, I was a messenger for a few hours. Delivered mail, flowers, lab specimens, took new patients to the floor and oriented them to the room.
My other position was on a small OB/Peds unit. Answered the phone and call lights, transported babies to and from the nursery, stocked the storage cupboard in each room. Helped with some of the little patients, when mom was not around. Even learned to hold for IV starts on the babies and toddlers.
I found it all very helpful when I got into nursing. I was much more comfortable on the unit....knew were supplies were kept, when I did some of my clinical at the same hospital.
I suppose that's one of the reasons I became a nurse, I kept thinking "I can do that!". Eventually I became a peds nurse, and now I work in a level II nursery.
Unfortunately, not all Hospital Volunteer organizations are as well organized, or allow you to work in such a variety of places. It doesn't hurt to ask, though.
I also received a couple of small scholarships
from them while I was in Nursing school.
See what volunteering can do for you!