This study describes the nursing experience of an immigrant single mother with ineffective individual coping triggered by gastric cancer. The woman had a stomachache in early 2008 and originally saw doctors at the clinics around her house. She came to our hospital on April 6th, 2011 due to poor appetite and tarry stools. During the hospitalization from April 10th to 20th, 2011, a nursing assessment was conducted based on Gordon’s functional health patterns, and data were collected through observation, interviews, and body assessment. The major nursing problems included ineffective individual coping, impaired nutrition that was less than that required by the body, impaired skin integrity and pain. At the initial stage following the operation, we focused on pain relief and the recovery of impaired skin integrity, as well as preventing pain occurrence by medication and nonmedication treatment. At the convalescent stage, the priority is to improve the ineffective individual coping of the patient. The patient is an immigrant with weaker social support and constant worries about her daughter’s financial and studying problems, so we asked for social resources assistance including introducing her to a “Social Resource Network for Foreign Spouses” by social workers and contact with a Family-Support Center to help the patient strengthen her individual coping ability and overcome the difficulties. This approach means nurses can utilize teamwork or social resources to help the patient solve problems. We hope this experience can be used as a reference in future nursing care.