This study identified major factors that contributed to peak performance among eight nursing educators. The peak performers were interviewed 3 times over 8 years. Intense commitment to a mission, continual performance assessment, concentration on satisfaction and rewards, and the ability to set priorities and seek social support were delineated as factors in peak performance. Commitment to a personal mission that aligns with the demands of the university was a peak performer's ultimate personal investment and service to students and the university.
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