Why not set-up an alert then you would not have to keep looking at each node or a reports. That what I done, after doing that had few alert as the older server hard disk fail over the last few years.
Add a Universal Device Poller Top XX resource to a summary view. No need for Report Writer or alerts for that matter. Creation of an alert would have the benefit of actions you could take (send email, for example) but is not a criteria to display universal device poller info on via the web.
However, if you are the only audience and no benefit in displaying via web, yes you can display via Report Writer. You can make a report of category 'Current Status of Nodes, Interfaces, etc.' or 'Historical - Custom Pollers' depending on your use case.