Update: lunch went well. They talked about how they we're looking forward to me seeing patients, and having my own office/rooms, apologizing for how they've not really been organized, and thanking me for my patience with them. It was mainly pleasantries, and the president telling me not to ever hesitate to reach out to him should I need to.
Fast forward...I've been seeing patients for about 4 weeks now, but the most I've seen in a day is 5 patients (not by choice, that's all that's been put on my schedule). I'm not sure how quickly other NPs usually have their patient numbers go up. I'm looking on the bright side, and taking my time to thoroughly prepare and research patients that I'm going to see.
Problem; because my numbers are not up, they want me to start off without an MA once I move to my own area next week (I've been using my collaborating physician's staff, or those of whichever doc might be out). I've been totally opposed to this, and I'm waiting to see how it plays out. The nurse manager, and COO agree that I need one, but I guess the docs who are partners in the organization feel that it's not financially feasible since my numbers are not up. But I know my numbers will never be up if I have to do everything by myself, not to mention that if all the 60 docs have an MA, and a nurse, I should at least have an MA.