Although I understand that management is in the business of business this is a bad decision.
Why would they discourage you (employee) from filing criminal charges?
Do HCF exempt occupants from the rules of society?
I can understand that nobody wants bad PR, etc... but this patient hurt several people in a deliberate manner. (2 of these in you original post were OTHER PATIENTS!) The other patients that got hurt were dependent on you/the facility to keep them safe and now ... now, they are victims, too. Did they (hospital) object to them filing charges on the assaultive patient. (Any 1st year lawyer could have a field day with that one!)
Work reasonably with management. Respect the resolutions that can be achieved in-house. But, to go along to get along can get out of hand. People (patients) that have the capacity to understand consequence under the law and then proceed to assault, threaten, stalk, batter, steal, etc. should be held criminally accountable. If they have a history with the facility of this behavior and it goes "unpunished" at what point will it escalate.
:uhoh21:*Oh, they just kicked me and spit at me and threatened to "get me", well, I never thought they'd really come back with a gun."*:uhoh21:
There have been HCP killed by those "harmless" patients.
What would happen if one of these "injured" patients filed an issue with the state board that you failed to keep him/her safe. Could you defend it? I'd think that you'd have a better defense with a criminal complaint against the aggressor. Could it be held that the facility could not be accountable in a situation like this? You bet. After all, is they a policy when to call local law enforcement? Is there a policy that covers workplace violence.
Protect yourself (person, health, safety, license)
Protect your patients.
Let the criminals go to jail.