I'm familiar with nursing programs in the Portland area and that's why I commented...so students/applicants won't expect any other program to be drastically different, better, or worse! Again, the information you and your classmates were unaware of before attending orientation is pretty common.
I attended a 3 year program, but also had classes with accelerated students. Regardless of our backgrounds, we were all surprised by the amount of busy work required. Because clinical placements can be difficult for schools to coordinate, we often didn't know our schedule until shortly before the term started. Many students had to be flexible with work schedules, child care, and commute long distances.
Pretty typical nursing school problems that any student will likely come across in most programs and be unaware of when just starting out, unless they know someone who is already living it!