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The researchers surveyed nursing administration department chairs about their roles and their department functions. Chairs defined their roles mostly in the academic realm, and they were most satisfied with their role as teacher. They also reported that they lacked the necessary preparation and experiences in several academic and management functions. Furthermore, they expected their successors would need more experience than themselves for all functions of the chair, except teaching and advising students. They also believed the most qualified person in the department was not as experienced as needed, although only 67% of the respondents could identify a potential successor from within the department.